2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Overview
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a four-door compact car that features a starting MSRP of $32,400. That MSRP makes it the most affordable new Mercedes that’s currently offered in the United States. For that asking price, consumers will get an eye-catching car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than seven seconds. The Mercedes-Benz CLA also provides strong fuel economy, responsive steering, and is offered with all-wheel drive. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA competes with the Audi A3, Infiniti Q30, and Acura ILX.
What’s new for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA?
The Mercedes-Benz CLA is largely unchanged from the previous model year. However, the 2017 version does receive some styling updates to the front end, which include LED lights and revised bumpers. In addition, the CLA now features a rear lip that’s meant to complement the car’s arched roofline.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Exterior
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is very similar to the GLA crossover, but with a lower ride height and sportier silhouette. The front end of the CLA is highlighted by a diamond-block grille that features the signature Mercedes star badge. Also, standard on the new Mercedes-Benz CLA are rain-sensing windshield wipers and 17-inch 5-spoke wheels, which are wrapped in 17-inch run-flat tires. For even more style, consumers with large enough bank accounts can opt for the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. This high-performance model comes with an AMG double-crosswing grille, 18-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels, and an AMG sport exhaust system. Exterior color options for the new Mercedes-Benz CLA include Jupiter Red, Polar Silver Metallic, and Cirrus White.
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Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250
- Diamond-block grille, 17-inch 5-spoke wheels, Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4MATIC
- Contains the same exterior features as the CLA250.
Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45
- Adds to or replaces features on CLA250: AMG sport exhaust system, AMG double-crosswing grille, AMG Night package, Gloss Black rear spoiler, Larger front splitter, 18-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels, LED headlamps and taillamps, LED daytime running lamps
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Performance
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine rated at 208 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. This four-banger works with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in order to send power to the front wheels. Mercedes does offer 4MATIC all-wheel drive with the CLA, but that system comes at an additional charge. For increased performance, consumers should consider checking out the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45. This version of the CLA comes equipped with a handcrafted AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor that packs 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Boasting a curb weight of 3,450 pounds, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Efficiency
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is currently the most efficient gasoline-powered car that the company offers at US dealerships. The base model equipped with FWD and the 208-horsepower engine yields EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. In contrast, opting for the AWD model with the same engine drops efficiency to 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Moreover, while the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 does provide the most power; that muscle comes at a cost as the AMG model only yields 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Lastly, every 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA comes standard with a 14.8 gallon fuel tank.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Interior
The interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is both stylish and sophisticated as this compact car comes standard with sport seats up front, dual-zone climate control to keep everyone cool, and the driver gets to use a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel to point the car in any direction they choose. Other standard features found inside the CLA include MB-Tex synthetic upholstery, a CD player with MP3 capability, and a rearview camera. Perhaps the only drawback to the CLA is its less-than-spacious rear seats, which are better suited for either small children or simply as extra storage space. Also, while the CLA might seem light on the tech front due to its lower asking price, the company does offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Harman Kardon audio system as available upgrades. Furthermore, there’s 13.1 cubic feet of storage space in the CLA’s trunk.
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Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250
3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, Sail Pattern trim, 4.5-inch color instrument cluster display, 14-way power front seats seat with memory, Sport front seats with adjustable cushion length, MB-Tex upholstery, Dual-zone automatic climate control, Split-folding rear seats, 4-way power lumbar support for driver, Ambient interior lighting, 5 years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect package, Remote start via mbrace mobile app, Hands-free Bluetooth interface, USB audio port, HD Radio receiver, Prewiring for GARMIN MAP PILOT, CD player with MP3 capability, In-dash SD card reader
Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4MATIC
- Comes with the same interior features as the CLA250.
Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45
- Adds to or replaces features on CLA250: 12-way front seats with memory, Sport front seats, designo red seat belts, Brake Assist (BAS)
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Safety
Each 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA comes standard with an electronic stability program, anti-lock brakes, eight airbags, and a rearview camera. In addition to those safety features, which come standard on most new cars, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA also comes standard with Attention Assist and a Collision Prevention Assist system. The Attention Assist system uses sensors to detect the signs of a drowsy driver and then flashes a light to alert the driver that they’re exhibiting sleepy driving behaviors. The Collision Prevention Assist system uses radar technology to detect if anything is in front of the car, and then alerts the driver with both visual and audible alerts if it detects a potential problem. In addition, it should be noted that neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA have safety tested the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Standard Safety Features
- 8 air bags
- Active brake assist
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Rearview camera
- Antilock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic stability program (ESP)
- Electronic traction system
- Adaptive braking technology
- Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature